Coverciano (Italy): Manchester City striker Mario Balotelli says he wants to remain with the Premier League champions.

There has been speculation this season that Balotelli would return to Italy, with AC Milan the favorite to sign the controversial forward.

But Balotelli says "I'm staying in Manchester .... so I'd say no to Milan, not now, not in these years. I'm at City."

Balotelli is currently with the Italy squad preparing for the European Championship.

Italy coach Cesare Prandelli has implemented a code of ethics and left Balotelli out of the squad for a friendly against the United States in February after the player received a four-match suspension for his stamp on Tottenham midfielder Scott Parker.

Balotelli says "I can assure you I will never leave the national team with 10 men."

(Agencies)

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